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Schurter, Rissveds, Carlson, Beerten and Gwin take home multiple wins throughout an action packed weekend in Monterey, Ca.

Press Release

The annual Sea Otter Classic held at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, is one of North America’s largest and most widely attended cycling festivals of the year. The schedule includes four days of action-packed entertainment ranging from road and cyclocross racing to mountain bike events such as enduro, cross country, short track, downhill and dual slalom. If the competitive events aren’t enough, there are trick and technical demos to keep any spectator entertained. This year, on the Sea Otter Classic’s 25th anniversary, SRAM athletes took home six wins out of a possible ten in the elite men’s and women’s fields.

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Throughout the past decade, multiple World, World Cup and Olympic Champion Nino Schurter has been considered to be one of the fastest and fittest athletes on a mountain bike. Looking stronger then ever going into this Olympic year, Nino convincingly out powered the entire field using a SRAM XX1 drivetrain and SRAM XX brakes in both the men’s Cross Country and Short Track races opening the weekend. True to his Championship form, he opened the weekend with commanding wins in both events.

Nino’s Scott ODLO Racing Team teammate Jenny Rissveds also used her SRAM XX1 drivetrain and SRAM XX brakes to claim victory in the notoriously grueling Short Track race after an impressive 3rd place finish in the Cross Country event the day prior.

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In only its second year, the SRAM Sea Otter Enduro has gained some serious momentum, and attracted an impressive list of world-class athletes, many making the trip from overseas to compete. Although not the most technically challenging of Enduro courses on the calendar for these racers, the SRAM Sea Otter Enduro is a true testament to physical strength and stamina with its constant rolling hills and long flat pedaling sections. Josh Carlson of the Giant Factory Off-Road Race Team was just one of these big-name athletes that made the long journey to the States for the event. Coming straight from his homeland of Australia and the opening round of the Enduro World Series in New Zealand, he used SRAM XX1, SRAM Guide Ultimate, SRAM ROAM 60, RockShox Pike, RockShox Monarch Plus and RockShox Reverb to clench the coveted SRAM Sea Otter Enduro win.

Former World and World Cup Champion Anneke Beerten of the Specialized Racing Team also used her SRAM XX1, SRAM Guide RSC and RockShox suspension to grab the win from the women’s Enduro field to kick off her weekend of racing. Beerten took an impressive 2nd in both the Dual Slalom and Downhill events to cap off her highly successful Sea Otter Classic.

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The Downhill race is one of the most anxiously anticipated events of the weekend. With a winning time of just over two minutes, the Sea Otter course may not be the longest or most technically challenging of the year, but it is notorious for close times and high-flying excitement. Former World Cup and U.S. National Champion Aaron Gwin came to the event fresh off a win at the opening round of the UCI World Cup just weeks ago in Lourdes France. Using his SRAM X01 DH and SRAM Guide RSC equipped Specialized, he rode to a convincing win over the rest of the men’s field, leaving no question that he is the man to beat on the gravity scene this year. Enduro winner Josh Carlson also put down an amazing DH effort, finishing just behind in 3rd to close out the exciting weekend of racing.

RESULTS

Men’s DH

1st – Aaron Gwin (Specialized Factory Gravity Team): SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC

3rd – Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate , ROAM 50 Wheels, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus RT3 and Reverb, TRUVATIV BSS

Women’s DH

2nd – Anneke Beerten (Specialized Factory Enduro Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus RT3 and Reverb

Women’s Dual Slalom

2nd - Anneke Beerten (Specialized Factory Enduro Team): SRAM X01 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox Pike  and Monarch Plus RT3

Men’s Enduro

1st – Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate, SRAM ROAM 50 Wheels, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus RT3 and Reverb, TRUVATIV BSS

Women’s Enduro

1st – Anneke Beerten (Specialized Factory Enduro Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus RT3 and Reverb

3rd – Kelli Emmett (Juliana-SRAM Enduro Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate, SRAM Roam 50 Wheels, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus RT3 and Reverb

Men’s XC

1st – Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO MTB Race Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM XX Brakes

2nd – Howard Grotts (Specialized Factory XC Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate, RockShox RS-1

Women’s XC

3rd – Jenny Rissveds (Scott – ODL MTB Race Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM XX Brakes

Men’s Short Track

1st - Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO MTB Race Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM XX Brakes
2nd – Todd Wells (Specialized Factory XC Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes, RockShox RS-1

Women’s Short Track

1st - Jenny Rissveds (Scott – ODL MTB Race Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM XX Brakes
3rd – Lea Davison (Specialized Factory XC Team): SRAM XX1 Drivetrain, SRAM XX Brakes, RockShox RS-1

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